Places off interest in Daglan:-

La Fontaine Sainte Marie and the Place of Secrets.


La Fontaine

This is one of the oldest monuments in Daglan which was built at the end of the eleventh century to quite strict building requirements:-

1) It was to be constructed in the form of a cross

2) It should be completed before the first drought following the installation of the Parish so the monks would have a source of fresh water.

3) It would be supplied by seven water sources to ensure supply.

4) It should be partially covered for protection from the sun.

5) Be adjacent to or overlooking a village square.

Daglans Fontaine ticks all of the boxes.

The basin is quite wide and has a depth of 60cm. A three part drainage system is used to channel the flow of water and prevent flooding.

The preservation of ancient monuments is one of the reasons that we love France and in particular the Perigord Noir, where you will notice other ‘fontaines’, providing fresh drinking water along old pilgrim routes.

If you turn around with ‘fontaine’ behind of you, on your left is the house which would have been Daglan’s first Chapel.

The Place of Secrets

This Secret Square is to be found tucked away behind the church of St Martin. It was the site of the original graveyard of the village until the eighteen hundreds.

There are a couple of things of interest here, the stone seating area beneath the gorgeous grape vine giving welcome shelter on a hot day. In the centre of the square stands a magnificent tree.

There is a plaque with fascinating information about the tree to be found at the entrance to the place of secrets. Here is a brief translation… Ginkgo Biloba or the tree of forty crowns originates in the Far East. The history of the Ginkgo Biloba goes back to before the dinosaurs. It is the oldest family of trees since it is known to have appeared before the Triassic age, more than 270 million years ago. It is extremely hardy, can survive temperatures to -30c and specimens have lived through the atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945. it can reach 30 metres in height and live for 2500 years, wow. The name ‘the tree of forty crowns’, comes from the fact that the French botanist M. Petigny who in 1788 bought five trees for the very expensive amount of forty crowns per foot.

Interesting grave stone saved from the old cemetery and placed into the wall of the church.

Something different, three dedications:-

To a lovely couple Hayley and Paul who particularly loved ‘La Fontaine’, and Daglan village when they visited. Have a speedy recovery Paul and we hope that we will see you both in Daglan very soon.

Two brilliant friends of ours who are so informative and a such a joy to spend time with, Sherry and Angus.

Last but not least, to a wonderful person who has helped Paul and I with Paul’s recent health scare and much, much more, Judith.

Thank you all the above, and see you soon.


Out and About

Beynac is now open!

The main D703 road through Beynac has been closed to traffic for a few months while major construction work took place. I am so glad to say that it is now open with a new road and pedestrian walkway. Beynac is now ready for the Tour de France to pass through next month.

On our way to St Cyprian market this morning we bypassed Beynac on the other side of the river Dordogne.

Returning home we noticed the deviation signs were missing so decided to try the Beynac route.

Before our trip to the market we stopped for a breakfast picnic. There is nothing to beat fresh pastries from Maison Carré at Castelnaud-la-Chapelle enjoyed by the banks of the river Dordogne on a glorious sunny morning.

Still waters mirrored in the Dordogne river.

The water is so clean that you can watch the trout swim by.

And enjoy the terrific views. With canoes ready for the first customers.

I could not resist taking this picture of the two foals and their mothers sheltering from the sun.

– Bouzic night market is on Tuesday evenings in July and August
– St-Cyprian night market, throughout July and August on a Thursday evening,
– July and August for Saint Pompon night market on a Saturday evening.

Night markets are a great evening out where you buy hot or cold food and drinks from a variety of stall holders, sit at a handy table to enjoy the entertainment and later dance to your hearts content to live musicians or a DJ.

Forth Bridge?

Well our equivalent here in Daglan.

We have heard that some authorities and schools in England have banned the wearing of shorts in hot weather and that school boys have taken to wearing skirts in protest, good for them, you have our support boys.

While the temperature today has dropped down to the high twenties this team are painting the balustrade of Pont Neuf over the River Céou and I’m very glad to say no such restrictions are being enforced in our village.

Shorts or trousers?

I was going to take a close up picture of the trumpet flowers but the house is so gorgeous that I just had it take a picture of the whole building.

One of my favourite petite homes in Daglan village.

Several artisans are to be found in the village. Love the hand made hats and birds on sticks.

One of the three lovely restaurants in the village, the Petite Paris.

Daglan art exhibition looks brilliant with paintings, sculptures etc. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures inside the salle des fêtes but we did take pictures of the beautiful display of stained glass work at the Presbytery.

Once more, here is Sarlat.

For no other reason than I never get tied of taking pictures of this medieval/renaissance town, especially on market days. It is magical but you need to arrive early if you want to park your car during the tourist season. On a Saturday and Wednesday morning fresh produce is for sale along the pedestrianised Place de la Liberté which runs all the way down the old quarter, while on Saturday, along the main Rue de la République you can buy anything from shoes, leather goods, linen clothes, books, toys, tableware and more.

Ready to sell their fruit, vegetables, cheeses, bread and cakes.

A walnut grinder demonstration.

Fantastic display of mushrooms.

We always make a point of wondering the maze of side streets of Sarlat to find hidden gems. This gem of a courtyard was found down Rue Alberic Cahuet. I love the old stones which they used for planters and the olive tree centrepiece.

Second hidden gem, flower pots shaped to sit perfectly onto the iron rail. what a brilliant idea.


Sarlat market days, Wednesday for fresh produce and Saturday for the full market.

Daglan, market every Sunday morning.

La Rogue-Gageac market every Friday morning.

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Brocante, 13th July 8:00 to 18:00

Marqueyssac – Candlelight evening with entertainment. Every Thursday from seven PM until midnight in July and August.

Inspired by Les Jardins de Cadiot

There are quite a few magnificent gardens in this area of the Perigord but the gardens of Cadiot is a hidden gem that stands out as the one that I would highly recommend.

At the very start of our visit we fell in love with the gardens as we walked through an ancient stone arch which leads to the kitchen garden, full of aromatic herbs, gorgeous.

It is not just one or two gardens either, you can walk through ten individual styles which where created by the owner in the 1980’s with a mix of artistic flare and nature.

The collection of flowers include peonies, ancient roses, hydrangeas, day lilies, etc. All grown organically and in tune with nature.

The gardens include, an apple orchard, woodland and meditation garden, Italian, French, Spanish and English gardens, plus a maze and sculptures from Zimbabwe in the wild garden.

A section of plants in the English garden.

My favourite, the Sphinx chamber with its mystery and calmness. Between the wild garden and the more formal Tuscan garden.

Entrance to the Tuscan garden.

Woodland, wild garden with its Roman style water feature.

Tranquility, a series of patios weave through the rest areas. where you can enjoy teas, coffee, soft drinks, ice cream and light lunches. They even have a day bed which I was tempted to use.

Something like the above would look brilliant over our well in the courtyard. Always one to think big, perhaps the tiles that you see on the walls at Pompeii or Herculaneum! Or those like the above, roses on tiles and perhaps a border of matching tiles going up the side of our steps to the veranda.

Another of the patios.

Topiary which leads out of the French garden.

Gardens of Cadiot are to be found near Carlux and are open everyday in the months of May to October, from ten in the morning to seven at night. The entrance fee is €7.50 per adult. Groups are by appointment only.